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1st Nov '17 12:08:09 AM ProfessorDetective
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** Classic OD&D and the first three editions and 5th of AD&D all require the Wizard class and its variants to use spellbooks along with the VancianMagic system. Certain races, classes, and class variants have dispensed with this requirement, usually at the cost of a reduction in versatility. Generally, divine casters do not use spellbooks, with the exception of the Archivist from the ''Heroes of Horror'' supplement that does it instead of praying for spells[[note]]or rather, they pray for spells with the help of a spellbook --
archivists' books of spells are called prayerbooks instead of spellbooks[[/note]].
** In the fourth edition, the Wizard class also has a spellbook, but anyone can learn to use rituals that are long enough to require being put in a book. Also the Cleric gets a spellbook automatically for rituals and the Swordsage can get a spellbook for spells like the Wizard with a feat.

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** Classic OD&D and the first three editions and 5th of AD&D all require the Wizard class and its variants to use spellbooks along with the VancianMagic system. Certain races, classes, and class variants have dispensed with this requirement, usually at the cost of a reduction in versatility. Generally, divine casters do not use spellbooks, with the exception of the Archivist from the ''Heroes of Horror'' supplement that does it instead of praying for spells[[note]]or rather, they pray for spells with the help of a spellbook --
archivists'
---archivists' books of spells are called prayerbooks instead of spellbooks[[/note]].
** In the fourth edition, the Wizard class also has a spellbook, but anyone can learn to use rituals that are long enough to require being put in a book. Also Also, the Cleric gets a spellbook automatically for rituals and the Swordsage can get a spellbook for spells like the Wizard with a feat.



* The backs of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' cards are meant to invoke the feel of that player holding a spell book. Coincidentally, in game mechanics refer to the player's deck as their ''library''.

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* The backs of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' cards are meant to invoke the feel of that player holding a spell book. Coincidentally, in game in-game mechanics refer to the player's deck as their ''library''.



* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' has an entire archetype based around spell books, giving various powers to "Spellcaster type" monsters.

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* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' has an entire archetype based around on spell books, giving various powers to "Spellcaster type" monsters.
10th Oct '17 1:30:35 PM darkemyst
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* Hex and Mye of ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' keep a bookshelf full of spell and potion books in the basement next to their cauldron.
* The first three chapters of ''Webcomic/{{Evon}}'' are based on the titular character's attempt to steal back her father's spellbook from her evil ex-master. She doesn't need the book to cast spells but studying it allows her to become more powerful.



* The Aurans of ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'' used to have one that let them make [[spoiler:a guardian spirit out of Corrick]]. It seems to remain a singificant McGuffin after Auru falls.



* The first three chapters of ''Webcomic/{{Evon}}'' are based on the titular character's attempt to steal back her father's spellbook from her evil ex-master. She doesn't need the book to cast spells but studying it allows her to become more powerful.
* The Aurans of ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'' used to have one that let them make [[spoiler:a guardian spirit out of Corrick]]. It seems to remain a singificant McGuffin after Auru falls.
10th Sep '17 10:12:25 PM PaulA
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* Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Necronomicon'' is often used as an example, and in his short story "The Dunwich Horror" Wilbur Whately needs a complete copy because his version is missing a key formula. With his hearty approval, other weird fiction writers of his era used the name, which Lovecraft thought helped make it feel really. It has even appeared in book catalogs and library records.

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* Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Necronomicon'' is often used as an example, and in his short story "The Dunwich Horror" "Literature/TheDunwichHorror" Wilbur Whately needs a complete copy because his version is missing a key formula. With his hearty approval, other weird fiction writers of his era used the name, which Lovecraft thought helped make it feel really.real. It has even appeared in book catalogs and library records.
5th Aug '17 2:17:27 AM LordInsane
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** Classic OD&D and the first three editions and 5th of AD&D all require the Wizard class and its variants to use spellbooks along with the VancianMagic system. Certain races, classes, and class variants have dispensed with this requirement, usually at the cost of a reduction in versatility. Generally, divine casters do not use spellbooks, with the exception of the Archivist from the ''Heroes of Horror'' supplement that does it instead of praying for spells.

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** Classic OD&D and the first three editions and 5th of AD&D all require the Wizard class and its variants to use spellbooks along with the VancianMagic system. Certain races, classes, and class variants have dispensed with this requirement, usually at the cost of a reduction in versatility. Generally, divine casters do not use spellbooks, with the exception of the Archivist from the ''Heroes of Horror'' supplement that does it instead of praying for spells.spells[[note]]or rather, they pray for spells with the help of a spellbook --
archivists' books of spells are called prayerbooks instead of spellbooks[[/note]].
31st May '17 6:07:11 PM nombretomado
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* The Wizard's Manual from the ''YoungWizards'' series is a SpellBook ''and'' a [[GreatBigBookOfEverything Book Of Shadows]]. Being GreatBigBookOfEverything version of a SpellBook, it gives access to every spell ever developed.

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* The Wizard's Manual from the ''YoungWizards'' ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series is a SpellBook ''and'' a [[GreatBigBookOfEverything Book Of Shadows]]. Being GreatBigBookOfEverything version of a SpellBook, it gives access to every spell ever developed.
21st May '17 12:51:42 PM nombretomado
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* [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/system:page-tags/tag/eleven-hours The Book of Eleven Hours]] from TheWanderersLibrary, which contains “alchemical processes, written accounts on contact with supernatural entities, and magic rites and rituals.”

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* [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/system:page-tags/tag/eleven-hours The Book of Eleven Hours]] from TheWanderersLibrary, ''Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary'', which contains “alchemical processes, written accounts on contact with supernatural entities, and magic rites and rituals.”
18th Apr '17 7:14:28 PM nombretomado
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* The Factor 5[=/=]StudioGhibli DS collaboration, ''VideoGame/NiNoKuni,'' came with an actual "spell book" as [[{{Feelies}} a pack-in]]. The spell book will contain instructions on how to cast spells in the game world, as well as providing information on the game worlds themselves. For the [=PS3=] version, the entire book was replicated digitally in the game, with pages becoming available as the story progressed, but players who scored the fairly rare Wizard's Edition also received their own physical copy of the book.

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* The Factor 5[=/=]StudioGhibli 5[=/=]Creator/StudioGhibli DS collaboration, ''VideoGame/NiNoKuni,'' came with an actual "spell book" as [[{{Feelies}} a pack-in]]. The spell book will contain instructions on how to cast spells in the game world, as well as providing information on the game worlds themselves. For the [=PS3=] version, the entire book was replicated digitally in the game, with pages becoming available as the story progressed, but players who scored the fairly rare Wizard's Edition also received their own physical copy of the book.
3rd Apr '17 2:49:53 PM eroock
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[[caption-width-right:366:Franchise/{{Barbie}}'s First Spellbook[[superscript:[[TradeSnark TM]]]]: Comes with its very own athame!]]

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[[caption-width-right:366:Franchise/{{Barbie}}'s [[caption-width-right:350:Franchise/{{Barbie}}'s First Spellbook[[superscript:[[TradeSnark TM]]]]: Comes with its very own athame!]]
27th Mar '17 12:01:15 PM Golondrina
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* ''BibleBlack'' from the game of the same name. Despite the fact that the spells are working, it's just an ordinary book, however.

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* ''BibleBlack'' ''Bible Black'' from the game of the same name. Despite the fact that the spells are working, it's just an ordinary book, however.
27th Feb '17 3:15:26 PM Pseudopartition
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* The ''Devil's Water Dictionary'' from ''Literature/LastCallAtTheNightshadeLounge'' is an recipe book of mixed drinks that grant bartenders magic powers, such as Mai Tai's that allow the drinker to conjure fire.
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